Moray House School of Education

Comparative approaches to inclusive & special education

A new summer school opportunity

Scotland is renowned for its distinctive approach to inclusive education. Uniquely, it has moved away from the model of ‘special educational needs’ to one of ‘additional support for learning’.

In this course, you will be introduced to the historical and current policy contexts for inclusive and special education including but not restricted to Scotland, the UK, the EU and the US through a case-study approach.

Students will be encouraged to reflect upon changing conceptualisations of inclusive and special education worldwide in relation to globalisation. You will have opportunities to discuss and critically examine the development of inclusive and special education in your home country or any other country of particular interest to you.


Course Structure

This is an intensive week-long taught course combining course sessions, tutorials and visits tosome of Edinburgh’s innovative inclusive practice. The course sessions are designed to be interactive, including lectures, critical discussion, and group activities, to allow you and others to explore and challenge each other’s perspectives. You will also be able to ask questions related to the pre-session readings and clarify your understanding. The visits to mainstream and specialist educational settings will help deepen your critical engagement with research and practice.

Course dates

The course will run from 10-14 July 2017. Accommodation is for 6 nights from Sunday 9 July- Saturday 15 July 2017.

Learning outcomes

We hope that you find the course stimulating, challenging and rewarding. By the end of the course you should have had the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the development of the range of theories, concepts and principles relevant to inclusive and special education in national and international contexts.
  • Critically engage with relevant theory and research, considering the implications for inclusive policy and practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and methods for critically analysing, the relationships between theory, policy and practice.
  • Critically reflect on examples of practice in schools and the roles and responsibilities of practitioners.
  • Undertake comparative analysis of approaches to inclusive and special education, reflecting on theory, policy and practice.


Our lead tutor:

Professor Lani Florian is Bell Chair of Education at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).

Her influential research on inclusive education has led to invitations from around the world to speak, conduct workshops and provide technical assistance on inclusive education projects in many countries and to international agencies including UNICEF, UNESCO, OECD, Open Society Foundations, and the Council of Europe. Her research interests include models of provision for meeting the needs of all learners, inclusive pedagogy and teaching practices in inclusive schools. Recent studies have focused on the role of teacher education in promoting social and educational inclusion. This work has addressed questions about the knowledge and skills needed for teachers to be inclusive in their practice and how such practice might be developed. She is the editor of the Sage Handbook of Special Education and co-author of Achievement and Inclusion in Schools, now in their second editions.

More about Professor Lani Florian

Course Fee

All  fees include 6 evening meals                                       

 Course Fee only £760
Course Fee plus 6 nights accommodation single room with shared bathroom facility plus breakfast £990
Course Fee plus 6 nights accommodation twin room with ensuite bathroom plus breakfast (based on 2 people sharing) *please note this is cost per individual £1044
Course Fee plus 6 nights accommodation single room with ensuite bathroom plus breakfast £1215

Course credit

This course is delivered at Masters level (SCQF level 11) and can be completed as a Career Long Professional Learning course. Successful completion of the assignments on this course will represent 20 credits of a Masters level course and could be used as Recognition of Prior Learning should a participant want to proceed to a Masters level Degree.

Masters Pathway

This course is an accredited course on the Masters in Inclusive Education

Language requirements

If your undergraduate degree was not taught in English you will need to show evidence of your academic English levels. The entrance requirement is an average of 7 on the IELTS scheme. To find out more details, please contact us:


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Cancellation Policy

We operate a cancellation policy to ensure that participants are not disadvantaged by the last minute cancellation of courses due to withdrawals making the course unviable. Cancellations must be made by email to . Cancellations made less than 4 weeks before the course are liable for the full amount, though we are happy to accept substitute participants if notified in writing prior to the event and any appropriate additional fee due.

More Information

For more information please contac the Office of Professional Learning